The Cream Legbar is a crested chicken which is a true
autosexing breed which means that you can tell the sex of the
chicks by the color of the feathers. It is an old pure breed
which originated in the 1930s as a cross between Brown
Leghorns and Barred Rock with some Araucana blood in them.
They are very firm, muscular birds with a wedge shaped body
which is broad at the shoulders and tapers towards the rear.
The wings are large carried close to the body and the back is
long and flat while the tail is held at 45° to the back. The head
has a strong beak and large single erect comb with five to
seven even spikes. They have a crest which lies at the back of
the head behind the comb which is small in the male and
larger in the female. The face is smooth with pendant cream
or white ear-lobes, long thin wattles and the neck is long and
well feathered. They have a yellow beak, red face, comb and
wattles. The yellow legs and feet are strong and unfeathered
with four evenly spaced toes.
The male weighs in at 6-7½ lb and the female is around
The male has cream barred neck hackles and the saddle
hackles are cream barred with dark grey and have cream tips.
The back and the shoulders are mostly cream barred with
dark grey. The wings have dark grey barred primaries and
secondaries with cream tips. The breast and tail are barred
dark grey and the crest is cream and grey. The female has
softly barred cream neck hackles. The breast is almost salmon
coloured while the body is silver-grey with broad barring. The
wings are speckled with grey and the tail is silvery grey with
The Poultry Club of Great Britain
GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS :
MALE: Very sprightly and alert, with no suggestion of stiltiness. Body wedge
shaped, wide at the shoulders and narrowing slightly to root of tail. Back long, flat
and sloping slightly to the tail. Breast prominent, and breast bone straight. Wings
large, carried tightly and well tucked up. Tail moderately full at an angle of
45° from the line of the back.
Head: Fine. Beak stout, point clear of the front of the comb. Eyes prominent.
Comb single, perfectly straight and erect, large but not overgrown, deep and
evenly serrated (5 to 7 spikes broad at the base), extending well beyond the
back of the head and following, without touching, the line of the head, free from
"thumb marks" or side spikes. Face smooth. Ear-lobes well developed, pendant,
smooth and free from folds, equally matched in size and shape. Wattles long and
Neck: Long and profusely covered with feathers.
Legs and feet: Legs moderately long. Shanks strong, round and free of feathers.
Flat shins objectionable. Toes, four, long, straight and well spread.
Plumage: Of silky texture, free from coarse or excessive feather.
Handling : Firm, with abundance of muscle.
The general characteristics are similar to those of the male, allowing for the
natural sexual differences, except that the comb may be erect or falling gracefully
over either side of the face without obstructing the eyesight, and the tail should
be carried closely and not at such a high angle.
Plumage, Cream Variety, Male: Neck hackles cream, sparsely barred. Saddle
hackles cream, barred with dark grey, tipped with cream. Back and shoulders
cream with dark grey barring, some chestnut permissible. Wings, primaries dark
grey, faintly barred, some white permissible; secondaries dark grey more clearly
marked; coverts grey barred, tips cream, some chestnut smudges permissible.
Breast evenly barred dark grey, well defined outline. Tail evenly barred grey,
sickles being paler, some white feather permissible. Crest cream and grey, some
Plumage, Female: Neck hackles cream, softly barred grey. Breast salmon, well
defined in outline. Body silver-grey, with rather indistinct broad soft barring.
Wings, primaries grey-peppered; secondaries very feintly barred; coverts silver
grey. Tail silver grey, feintly barred. Crest cream and grey, some chestnut
In both sexes: Beak yellow. Eyes orange or red. Comb, face, and wattles red.
Ear lobes pure opaque,white or cream, slight pink markings not unduly to
handicap an otherwise good male. Legs and feet yellow.
Note : This is a crested variety laying a blue, green or olive egg.
Standard Weights: Cock: 7 to 7½ lb; Cockerel 6 to 6½ lb .
Hen: 5 to 6lb; Pullet 4½ to 5lb
SCALE OF POINTS
Serious Defects: Male's comb twisted or falling over. Ear lobes wholly red. Any
white in face. Legs other than orange, yellow or light willow. Squirrel tail.
Defects(for which a bird may be passed): Side sprigs on comb. Eye pupil other
than round and clearly defined. Crooked breast. Wry tail. Any bodily deformity
Downs, Female (Cream): Silver-grey type. The stripe should be very dark brown,
extending over the head, neck and rump. The edges of the stripe should be
clearly defined, not blurred and blending with ground colour - the sharper the
contrast, especially over the rump the better. The stripe should be broad; a
narrow or discontinuous stripe should be avoided. A light head patch should be
visible, clearly defined in outline, showing up brightly against the dark
Male: The down is much paler in tint, the pattern being blurred and washed out
from head to rump; it may best be described as pale silvery-slaty.